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    • Part Number: AP3179951
    • MFG Part Number: 8193830
    • Made by: Whirlpool
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This is not so much of a question as it is more an observation. I just finished fixing this dishwasher because it was no longer latching securely after replacing the two counterbalance ropes. What I found when the ropes eventually broke is the door slammed down on its own and that it literally bent the hinges some. Upon removing the hinges I could see how they were bent. I was able to straighten the hinges, chances are most people probably would have to replace them. One way I could tell they were bent before disassembly was when I closed the door the bottom of the door would strike the inner lower dish rack. My suggestion for most people would be to replace the hinges. People complaining of the door no longer remaining latched after replacing the counterbalance ropes, most likely have this scenario and should replace the hinges.At first I thought it was the latch failing I disassembled the latch itself and found very little wear after seven years of operation.. After straightening the hinges I was amazed at how much more securely the door latched. Thank you I'm just passing this information on to you. The question and answer information I found on your website was extremely helpful. When the hinges bend this causes the lower portion of the door to be cocked inward and upward causing an oversensitive latching scenario.

Jeff W. for Model Number kitchenAid kudso1FLBT3

ANSWER Hello Jeff. Good information here! Thank you!! 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Monday, November 21, 2011

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